Leonardo DiCaprio Just Met Prince Charles and Here are the Photos
Leonardo DiCaprio met with Prince Charles and fashion designer Stella McCartney on Wednesday, day three of the United Nations Climate Change Conference. Both Charles and DiCaprio have been open about their desires to protect the environment. They previously released a joint statement calling for a ban on oil and gas drilling in Africa's Okavango River Basin. "Re:wild stands with the people of the Okavango River Basin, who depend on the health of the watershed for their survival," DiCaprio wrote on Instagram. "ReconAfrica is poised to pollute their farms and destroy a beautiful landscape—one that benefits all life on Earth—forever. Join us by signing the open letter at the link in bio. Together, we can #SaveTheOkavango. For all wildkind." Read on to see 5 ways Leonardo DiCaprio is trying to make a difference, and to see the photos of him and the Prince.
Setting Up A Foundation
In 1998, DiCaprio established the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation. The purpose was to raise awareness about issues currently affecting the planet. The foundation has helped over 200 projects in over 50 different countries.
The Dark Snow Project
On 2015, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation chose to fund the Dark Snow Project, which looks to count how much snow and ice are melting in the Arctic. The LDF website says of Dark Snow, "The goal of this organization is to enable the general public to fund earth science research and to provide educational insight into the current health of our planet. Research projects are primarily focused on climate change and natural hazard monitoring (i.e. earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides, etc)."
DiCaprio has produced several different media projects about environmental issues. Some of DiCaprio's works include 2007's The 11th Hour and 2016's Before The Flood.
World Wildlife Foundation
DiCaprio sits on the board of several environmental organizations, including the World Wildlife Foundation. In 2010, DiCaprio worked with the WWF to help save the tiger population in Asia. "Tigers are endangered and critical to some of the world's most important ecosystems," said DiCaprio. "Key conservation efforts can save the tiger species from extinction, protect some of the planet's last wild habitats and help sustain the local communities surrounding them. By protecting this iconic species, we can save so much more."
2018 Climate & Clean Air Honoree
In 2018, DiCaprio was one of the honorees of the Climate & Clean Air Coalition. He was presented with this award by former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon. The CCA's official website said of DiCaprio, "Over the past two decades, environmentalist, philanthropist, and actor, Leonardo DiCaprio, has lent his platform and voice to our planet, advocating for the urgency and need to act fast to fight the greatest threat facing humanity: climate change. From advocating for climate action with President Obama and President Trump, to speaking at the Paris Agreement signing ceremony, to dedicating his Golden Globe to vulnerable communities, DiCaprio has successfully engaged the broader public to galvanize action at the local and national level to protect our planet before it is too late."